England: 5 potential shock World Cup call-ups

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With England set for a crucial World Cup qualifying double header, we've started to think about those players who could surprise us all and earn a place on the plane to the Brazil.

Yes, we know England may not qualify - remember that rainy night at Wembley against Croatia when our Euro 2008 hopes were washed away?

But, as England fans it's our job to be optimistic and our nation expects us to have three lions on our shirts in the heat of Brazil.

If qualification can be sealed, conversation will turn to who should be in Roy Hodgson's squad, and so we've decided to take a look at five players who could be shock inclusions next summer.

5. Nathan Redmond

Norwich City winger Redmond is still only 19 but has impressed spectators following his summer move to the Premier League.

Having become a regular starter at Birmingham City, Redmond only made his Under 21's debut last summer, but if he continues his early season form he could be a real contender.

England's lack of top quality wingers mean places will be up for grabs and with no obvious must-picks we're backing this jet-heeled wide man to make his Three Lions debut on the grandest stage of them all.

4. Carl Jenkinson 

Jenkinson is another man who could benefit from England's lack of immediate choices. Glen Johnson, Kyle Walker, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have all been given a chance on the right side of Hodgson's defence without convincing. 

It's like Johnson will get the nod but we believe Jenkinson, who represented Finland at Under 21 level, can add to his one cap.

Arsenal have impressed everyone this season and if the former Charlton man can continue to be a key figure in their defence, there's every chance he'll be facing the world's best wingers next summer.

3. Gareth Barry

At 32, we're aware Barry is not the future for England, but he can still do a job right now, as he's proved since joining Everton on a season-long loan.

Barry gained the last of his 53 caps in May 2012 and has since seen a host of other names battle it out with Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard for a place in the England midfield. While his competition may have youth on their side, Barry has invaluable experience - he's one of just ten men to make 500 Premier League appearances.

Undoubtedly it's a long shot, but if Gerrard or Lampard should pick up an injury and Hodgson wants to bring in an experienced, reliable replacement then Barry has got to be his man.

2. Saido Berahino

Berahino has everything you want from a front man - he's quick, strong and he has an eye for goal. Those attributes will give Hodgson something to think about when selecting his strikers, with Wayne Rooney  the only guaranteed inclusion.

Berahino announced himself to us all with a hat-trick against Newport County on his first start for West Brom and has followed that up with goals against Manchester United.

Impressive pre-season form saw him called up to Gareth Southgate's under 21 squad and he's proven his worth with two goals in two games for the young Lions.

A trip to Brazil in 2014 would cap a fairytale story for the 20-year-old, who only arrived in England as a refugee from his native Burundi in 2003. 

1. Ravel Morrison

England fans love a maverick, and the West Ham man fits that description perfectly. At just 20-years-old Morrison has already had countless second chances but he's finally letting his feet do the talking. 

When even Sir Alex Ferguson can't control a young footballer you've got to think he's a lost cause, but Morrison has proven everyone wrong.

Having joined West Ham in January 2012, the energetic midfielder showed people what he can do during a loan spell at Birmingham City last season. Back at Upton Park this year, Sam Allardyce has given Morrison a chance, featuring him in all but one of West Ham's league games this season. 

The midfielder scored one of the goals of the season on Sunday, bursting through the Tottenham defence to score with all the pace and composure of a young Michael Owen. If he can keep up his early-season form we think he could be the man to bring creativity and energy to the England midfield in Brazil.

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